Extended Break Both Good and Bad For Bruins’ Bruiser

The Bruins are up to their waist in the 2009-10 season, but they have a nice four-day break before taking on the Maple Leafs once again this Thursday night.

Such a break might be welcomed by the majority of athletes, but for Shawn Thornton, the extended rest also comes with a bit of a downside. While the extra time off can be used to heal wounds and ice bruises, it can also get a team out of its groove.

"What we’re used to is having games stacked in there and it is kind of a little different to have a break in the schedule," he told trusty B's reporter John Bishop of bostonbruins.com. "I don’t prefer it, but it’s nice too because guys can get a little bit of a rest. So, I mean, it’s good and bad."

To add an even stranger twist to the schedule, Boston will be hosting the Leafs, the team they just derailed in their last meeting this past Saturday at the Garden. While the B's engage in practices, scrimmages and conditioning, Toronto will have played two games before coming back to the North End.

"It is a little different, but we just got to approach it the same way as we did last game," said Thornton. "They’re obviously going to be ready and they’ve been playing a couple games in between so they’re going to be prepared. We've just got to make sure we’re not sleeping when Thursday rolls around."

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